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Their love story started close to where they now stood; 10 years later on a warm day in La Jolla exchanging rings and I do’s at The Martin Johnson House. Their love has taken them from the beachside locals of San Diego to the desert landscape of Dubai…yes Dubai. Chris’ work took the two to this exotic city, where architecture is ultramodern and the shopping scene is legendary. Once they were engaged the knew they wanted to share the big day back in San Diego in front of family and friends, and so the challenge of planning a wedding from over 8,000 miles away and 11 hours ahead began. With the help of a friend who lived in San Diego, and a special thanks to technology (which allowed us to have a Skype meeting) Laura was able to pull it all together.
I think more could be said about the love between these two than I could ever write. You can see it on their faces in the photos. It’s there in the way Laura looks at Chris and the way he looks back at her. It was a pleasure to watch you two fully enjoy your wedding day, and I hope the feelings you had then all come back while viewing the photos! View full post »

When you got the chance to photograph such a bad ass babe as Michelle you do a little happy dance and then figure out what would be the coolest spot to do the shoot. In this case that spot turned out to be Big Bear Mountain which has always been a dream spot of mine to shoot in and let me tell you it did not disappoint! Sure it’s about a 2 1/2 hour drive from San Diego but honestly it was so well worth the drive. Nature spots have been my favorite of recent and this one in particular just makes for such a stunning backdrop. It’s quiet, there’s fresh mountain air, ok there’s also no cell service which can be a little bit of a problem when trying to find each other, but nothing that would stop me from wanting to shoot there again and again and then one more time for good measure.
The shoot with Michelle and Spencer could seriously not have gone any better…for real I was so happy with how it all turned out! To be honest it would be hard to mess up because they are totes adorbs (ya I went there) and the forrest was working it’s magic. Really all I had to do at the point was not put my finger over the lens or something equally awkward and we’d be golden. I’d like to also mention these two are very talented photographers themselves, which only serves to amp up the nerves pre shoot! But I think I made it through without making too much of a fool out of myself.

Please enjoy the beauty that is Big Bear, as well as the on point stylings of Michelle and Spencer.

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It was on a trip with Jackie’s family to Europe that Brian decided would be the moment he would propose. The plan was for it to happen on a hike in Switzerland; however there ended up needing to be a change of plans when Jackie’s sister and mother decided to join in on the hike. Instead the moment came at the end of the trip while in Italy; and whether it was Switzerland or Italy Jackie’s answer remained the same: YES!

The wedding day was a rare humid and rainy one for San Diego. Lucky for them the rain let up before the ceremony and stayed away the rest of the day. These two knew how to do it, they kept the day very stress-free and clearly enjoyed everything from start to finish-which is how I love to see couples on their wedding!

With every wedding I photograph there is pressure I put on myself to deliver the most beautiful photos imaginable. However there is a special additional pressure that comes along when your shooting a friends wedding, and such was the case with Jackie and Brian. I hope you guys enjoy the photos as much I did capturing them all for you!



It was one year to the day of their first date. On their anniversary they found themselves exactly where they wanted to be; on a beach on Coronado surrounded by family and friends promising themselves to each other for the rest of their lives. These two have had quite the jet set life since they met. Anderson is from Brazil so there were many plane tripes to and from his home country, there were those trips to Europe where they two explored new cities together. All of those adventures lead them to that beach on a somewhat chilly evening in Coronado.

I could feel their happiness while we took photos up and down the beach, these two were so excited to be able to say I do and start the rest of their lives together. It makes me happy to have been able to be a part of their story and their wedding. Here’s to you both!

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Hanging out at her favorite neighborhood bar: Ye Rustic, on a Sunday during football season cheering on her home team, The San Diego Chargers, was something she loved to do in her adopted city of Los Angeles. Only this day would be different- this would be the day that Vanessa met her future husband Mike, in that dark bar with its red booths and die hard football fans. Mike was there with his friends, also rooting on his favorite football team. However for them it would not be a match made in football team heaven. As I said she was there to cheer on the Chargers, and him…The Raiders dun dun dunnnnn. Lucky for the both of them this stark contrast in choice of football teams did not detour them from striking up conversation and later a relationship.

Vanessa and I have actually been friends since elementary school, we met riding horses and attended the same schools all the way through college. I was honored she wanted me to photograph her wedding, I have photographed friend’s weddings many times but never a friend I have known basically my whole life and admittedly I felt the pressure to deliver my very best!

I remember hearing about Mike when they first met and she loved that he was able to give it as much as she could dish it out. When I finally met him I could see how cute they were together and what a great guy this was for my friend. Their wedding was filled with familiar faces from my parents; to friends I’ve known since high school-all of who came together to make their wedding day memorable.

Thank you Vanessa and Mike for trusting me to capture your big day!

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  • vanessa - Thank you so muck Kelly. You did an incredible job and just looking at these photos makes me tear up! You captured so many details that I simply wasn’t able to notice or appreciate on our wedding day because it was such a whirlwind. I’m so grateful to have such a talented and wonderful friend in my life.

  • mark webster - Beautiful Kelly. Thank you for being such a wonderful friend to Vanessa. See you soon.


  • kelly - Thanks Mark! Glad you enjoyed them!

  • kelly - Aww yay, is it bad hearing you teared up makes me happy? LOL. I’m happy to hear you enjoyed the photos!